I am a member of the WEB Consortium Board and Reference Group.
Several months ago I was assured that Exmouth Hospital would become an URGENT CARE CENTRE under the Transformation programme, when other Community Hospitals were closing. I have been working with the Budleigh Salterton Hospital League of Friends and the Exmouth Hospital League of Friends to create a WELL BEING HUB at the former Budleigh Salterton Hospital to provide transport to the HUB. As a partnership we were successful in winning a grant from the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ of £21,500 to purchase a new Tail Lift minibus, known as the HUB bus, to be managed by the Exmouth and District Transport Group.
I am dismayed to learn that the New Devon CCG has awarded an ‘out of hours’ GP service contract to Devon Docs, when it included the fact that Exmouth would NOT have a Treatment Centre. Exmouth is the largest Town in Devon, with many vulnerable adults and children amongst its residents. To ask them to travel to Exeter I feel is not acceptable. My concern is cost, length of time it will take, Exeter is very busy with quite a lot of waiting and at times very difficult for many. I do not consider this as cost effective as Exmouth was well used by people living within the WEB area and outside. We also have the fact that our population doubles in size during the summer. Is this the start of saying we will NOT have the URGENT CARE centre or will the CCG wish to close our hospital as well ?
Many people wish to have care at home and many are doing very well. We need to have in place sufficient personal carers, District Nurses and be able to make sure adaptations can be made to their homes to allow them to live independently – wet rooms, hand rails, ramps, lifts, etc. Exmouth has many charities making a very valuable contribution to peoples’ health and well being. An example is Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare and Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare are independent charities that rely on donations, fundraising, legacies as they receive NO MONEY from the NHS.
Due to the overspend by many millions of the New Devon CCG, we now have in place a Success Regime to find ways of being more efficient to reduce the deficit. NHS budgets are extremely difficult to estimate, because no one knows how many people will need medical help. In East Devon we have a very high number of people over the age of 65yrs – it is only Eastbourne and Worthing who have a higher number. The SUCCESS regime is led by Angela Pedder who was the Chief Executive of the RDE. The CCG Website has all the information. www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk